tv KCRG TV9 First News ABC November 18, 2015 4:30am-5:00am CST
thanks for joining us.you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source, this is ??? . 2 suspects are dead and 7 more in are in custody this morning after a police raid in paris. authorities believed a mastermind from last week's attacks was inside an apartment building. parents in cedar rapids are worried their kids' college applications will be in jeopardy if a new grading system is implemented throughout the school district. 6 months of travelling about an hour each way to see their children in the nicc. that was the reality for one cedar falls family who had twins 17 weeks early. this morning, you can help families like them. meteorologist kaj o'mara is at the variety radiothon this morning. and he has your first alert forecast, kaj... plan on another wet day, though the rain will
not be as steady and may be more of a drizzle than anything slowly fall through the day with readings settling into afternoon. gusty southwest wind is likely to 30mph at times. plan on a dryryand windy thursday with highs into the 40s. we are still watching friday afternoon and especially friday night carefully for snowfall potential in the area- the temperatures will be cool enough for snow to occur, but the bigger uncertainty remains how much moisture there is to rk with. there may be several inches of snow on the ground by saturday morning in some communities, which will then only re- enforce the colder air for the weekend. stay tuned to kcrg-tv9 for updates on friday's system as we get closer and the overall confidence in ssowfall ounts increasss. thanks kaj.
this morning police are still on scene in paris. this morning, two suspects are dead - a man and a woman, and seven more are in custody after standoff with police ii paris. the woman was wearing an explosive vest. and four officers are hurt during the raid at an apartment north of paris where they think the mastermind of the last week's attacks was staying. a senior french police official said abdelhamid abaaoud might be inside an apartment in saint-denis with 5 other people. police evacuated the other people in the building and brought them to city hall for protection. police stormed he building aad met resisitance and exchanged some gunfire. and witnesses say they heard at least 7 explosions from the scene. this raid follows the attacks last friday in paris that killed 129 people. marion police officers will soon
the city council has approved buying 50 body cameras for the police department. the cameras will cost 15- thousand dollars and will commfrom provision video systems. this is video of similar cameras that the asbury and waterloo police departments already use. about 800 county leaders from around the state will be in cedar rapids today.y. they'llbe attending the iowa state association of counties, or "isac," fall conference. one of the main goals is to vote on legislative priorities. isac works in des moines during the legislative session by getting information to lawmakers, and connecting them with county officials. every year, isac puts together a list of legislative priorities. this year they'll be focusing on five main issues: delinquent court debt, e- 911 funding,,food safety, mental health and disability services, and distracted driving. isac's executive director says a bill that would have changed distracted driving into a primary offense got left behind during t te 2015 session. they'd like to see it get
"47:54-:12 "we'd like to change the law related to distracted driving to make those primary offenses, so that a police officer or sheriff's deputy or state patrol officer could stop those indndviduals if they see them in that action." as for the mental health and disability services item... struggling to find adequate funding to help individuals with mental health issues. he hopes to help counties find funding for those services. "50:57-:14 "the number of individuals that have mental health problems that end up in our jails because of a lack of appropriate places for them to go to receive services, you can talkkto any county sherrff in the sttte of iowa and it is a significant concern for them." " this wee's conference starts this morning. peterson says isac and its member will approvee the packet of legislative priorities tomorrow.
they'll then start talking with the governor and issues. says he's blessee to have had the opportunity to run for president, but this is not his time to run. "00:12-27 it's been a great honor to run for the president of the united states. this is a great country. my parents came here 45 years ago in search for opportunity and freedom. they taught me americans can do anything. they are right. time so i'm suspending my campaign. " governor jindal joined the race in junn. since then, he's been consistently low in the polls. jindal wraps up his term as governor in january and says he will go back to working for the think tank he started a few years ago. the outgoing mayor of cedar falls is endorsing his challengerrin next mooth's run-off election. on november third, mayor jon crews received 35 percent of the votes in a three man race. businessman jim brown received 45 percent of the votes. neither candidate got the neeessary 50 percrcnt to
announced plans to step down from the position, but his name will still be on the run-off ballot. crews says people should vote for brown on december first, calling him an excellent candidate who will lead the city for years to come. parents are concerned over a new grading system the cedar rapids school district plans to implement in all schools. the system eliminates traditional letter grades in vor of standars- based grading. right now, all cedar rapids elementary schools use this learner-centered model. and roosevelt and mckinley middle schools are piloting the scale.. at these schools, daily homework isn't included in grades and students can re-take tests until they've mastered a standard. instead of receiving a traditional letter grade - students either exceed, meet, are working on, or haven't been taugugt a concept. some parents are concerned how this will affect high school students filling out college applications. 09:21:36 "a large section of the world, if you will, thinks about grading through a certain lens. and if we are going to change ow we
grade our high schoolers it is important that maps to the broader context." several more meetings are set up over the next month. for more information, look for this story on kcrg dot com. some people who drive to and from senior high school i dubuque say he traffic patterns need to change. right away, the district plans totoreate a 380 foot bus lane that will run parallel to clarke drive, which should be done before next school year. officials say the current criss cross traffic pattern maes dismissal dangerous for students. during a planning meeting of the senior high school core group, members discussed the safest and most effective way to improve traffic flow around the school. as rt of the school's total renovattn project, the new main entrance will face west locust street rather than clarke drive. they say that new entrance and the new bus lane will change the after school traffic dynamic. "we have buses that are leaving the school to take kids home. we have public transportation
buses across the street and several parents who are picking up their kids as well as student in the upper and lower parking lots. " the city of dubuque recently conducted a speed survey of vehicles traveling on clarke drive revealed the majority of drivers were going betwwen 33 and 33miles hour zone. dubuque school district has made changes in traffic patterns to improve safety. in september, 2007, a car ruck and killed 15 year old lauren schmidt when she was crossing the street in front of hempstead high school. her death prompted a group of students to petition the city to install a traffic light in front of the school. the city also cut trafficcto two lanes, lowered the speed limit on pennsylvania avenue, and added a turning lane. having a seriously sick child not only drains your energy but can also drain your bank account. variety--the children's chairty--is working with
kcrg-tv9 and k-m-r-y radio to raise money for a compassion fund. this morning you can call 319-37886400 to donate money to the compassion fund. the fund benefits critically ill children and their families by giving them things such as a gas card, meals, or money to pay immediate bills. kcrg-tv9'9' forrest saundndrs is live at k-m-r-- studios in cedar rapids. forrest, this is the second day of the radiothon? we all need some help from time to time. that's why this fund is here. emily ackerson had a though holiday last
december, 17 weeks early. both kids faced a potentially deadly situation because their bodies were so under developed. "anywhere from brain bbeeds to problems with their heart to their lungs, was the main thing at first."doctors had to keep a close eye on the twins. gabriel spent four and a half months in the nicu.u. nora, who was having those brain bleeds, spent five and a half. "it's very scary. your whole world seems po stop when something eike that happens." adding to the ackerson's troubles,,limited income. emily had to leave her job as nurse to be with her kids. plus, the couple's home was in cedar falls, more than 60 miles away from their children, recovering in a cedar rapids hospital. "we put on 27,000 miles." with all the bad, it was time for some good. help the ackersons make ends meet. it
took care of bills and filled up their vehicles with gas. the fund works by giving social workers and care providers a debit card hooked to an account that can provide families with sick kids with emergency funds when they need it. "the compassion fund was really built for reason, to help the families4in need within a certain area. this year it benefits st. luke's and mercy herrin cedar rapids."for emily and hee family, the future is bright. both kids are doing well and finances are back in the green. "the fund wasn't just taking care of our kids, it was taking care of us." want to donate and help families like the 319- 378-6400. coming up inthe next half&hour, we will talk with an bacc to you. tv-9's forrest saunders at the thanks a lot. german officials are on high
after a reported bomb plot. and french officials have uncovered hore information this morning on the attacks in paris. we ended the d d last night wii unseasonably warm temperatures. but those won't last for long with today's weather. meteorologist kaj o'mara will have more on an extended forecast coming up. but right now, here's a look at today's opening farm maaets. od morning! it's ---. plan on another wet day, though
nono be as steaddand may be mooe of a drizzle than anything today. our temperatures till slowly fall through the day with readings settling intoothe 45-49 range for the afternoon. gusty southwest wind is likely to 30mph at times. plan on a dry and windy thursday with highs into the 40s. we are still watching friday afterroon and especially friday night carefully for snowfall
potential iithe area. the temperatures will be cool enough for snow to occur, but the bigger uncertainty remains how much moisture there is to work with. there may be several inches of snow on the ground by saturday morning in some communities, which will thee only re- enforce the colder air for the weekend. stay tuned to kcrg-tv9 for pdates on friday's system as we get closer and the overall confidence in snowfall amounts increases.
w this morning, the the suspected mastermind of the paris terror attacks has intensified. polie have surrounded an apartment building not far from where the deadly attacks started looking for abdelhamid abaaoud. abc's kenneth moton has the latest. overnight, more gunfire in paris...french police on the ground in a paris suburb...residents told to stay inside. sot - "we just want to be safe" investigators confirmed the fluid scene is related to the deadly isis terror attacks in the city and the suspected masterrind abdelhamii abaaoud. it was believed he had made his way back into syria but now police are working to confirm whether he's hiding out in an apartment not far from the stadium where friday night's attack began. natt there have been more than 100 raids throughout the city and as police hunt for another armed and dangerous suspect salah abdeslam. nat the us, france and russia have teamed up striking isis targets in syria. russian presidenttvladimir putin vowedd revenge after it was confirmed isis used a bomb to down this russian passenger
plane over egypt killing 224 people. here at home overnight, two air france flights bound for paris...one from la, the other from dc...were diverted after anonymous bomb threats were called in. passengers were evacuated and the planes were swept but police found nothing. the us is on high alert but rope is on edge....major sporting events cancelled over heightened fears. in germany, a hanover stadium was evacuated before kick off becauseeof a bomb threat. nat but in england, prince william lead a show of solidarity before a soccer match against france...80 thousand englishmen sang france's national anthem. french investigators say 5 people were arrested in that paris suburb, 3 from an apartment but we do not know their identities or what role, if any they're suspected of playing in the terrorist attacks. before police moved in, they say a female suicide bomber set off hhr belt...she died on the scscne. kenneth moton, abc news washington.
plan on another wet day, though the rain will not be as steady and may be more of a drizzle than anything today. our temperatures will slowly fall through the day with readings settling into the 45-49 range for the afternoon. gusty southwest wind is likely to 30mph at times. plan on a dry and windy thursday with highs into the 40s. we are still watching friday afternoon and especially friday night carefull for snowfall potential in the area. the temperatures will be cool enough ff snow to occur, but the bigger uncertainty remains how much moisture there is to work with. there may be several inches of snow on the ground by saturday morning in some communities, which will then only re- enforce the colder air for the weekend. stay tuned to kcrg-tv9 f updates on friday's system as we get closer and the overall good morning. toppling "america's money" -- dealt that airlines changing its pet policy. >> beginning next marcht will no longer allow pets to be checked as baggage. larger ones will have to be shipped as cargo. dealt that says it's safer for the animals. the new so-called female